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Fantasy football: Week 1 wide receiver rankings

By
Alex Butler
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) had a career-high 1,524 yards in 16 games last season. He could have even better offensive production under new coach Bruce Arians, a quarterback guru. File Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) had a career-high 1,524 yards in 16 games last season. He could have even better offensive production under new coach Bruce Arians, a quarterback guru. File Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones top my Week 1 fantasy football wide receiver rankings for 2019.

Adam Thielen, Keenan Allen, Amari Cooper, Tyreek Hill and Brandin Cooks round out my top 10 options for Week 1.

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I also have a plethora of solid options listed in my top 50 rankings for the opening week of the season. If you don't have an elite option, there are plenty of capable pass-catchers with great Week 1 matchups.

You should target players who have a good chance to score a touchdown and get a lot of looks from their respective quarterback when considering who to start at wide receiver.

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Evans is my top wide receiver option for Week 1. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers target will be the top priority for quarterback Jameis Winston. He is also facing the San Francisco 49ers, a unit that allowed a league-high 27 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in 2018. Look for at least one score from Evans in this game which should see very little defense.

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Hopkins is my No. 2 option this week. The Houston Texans superstar is battling the New Orleans Saints, a unit that allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in 2018. The Texans recently made several moves to improve their offense, bringing in tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills. Those additions should balance the Texans offense and open up Hopkins.

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Thielen is my No. 6 wide receiver for Week 1. The Minnesota Vikings target should have a huge game against the Atlanta Falcons, a unit that tied for allowing the second-most touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in 2018. I expect both Thielen and fellow Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs to produce like WR1s to open the season.

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown is my No. 38 option in Week 1, landing in WR3 range in deeper leagues. I think Brown is a great fill-in if you don't have a go-to WR3 option entering the season. The Bills are facing the New York Jets in Week 1, a unit that allowed the second-most fantasy points, second-most yards and most receptions to opposing wide receivers in 2018. Brown has a great shot at getting deep in this one and I see possible WR2 production if Bills quarterback Josh Allen gets hot.

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had his doubters this off-season, but looked very good in the preseason. I see that trend continuing to open the season, especially in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders tied for allowing the second-most touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in 2018. Sanders has a great shot at scoring in this game. I have him listed as my No. 39 wide receiver in Week 1, making him a low-end WR3 in deeper leagues.

Week 1 fantasy football wide receiver rankings

1. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. SF

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans at NO

3. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints vs. HOU

4. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns vs. TEN

5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons at MIN

6. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings vs. ATL

7. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers vs. IND

8. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys vs. NYG

9. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs at JAX

10. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams at CAR

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11. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings vs. ATL

12. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers at NE

13. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. SF

14. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons at MIN

15. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles vs. WAS

16. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks vs. CIN

17. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers vs. LAR

18. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots vs. PIT

19. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams at CAR

20. Will Fuller, Houston Texans at NO

21. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams at CAR

22. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals at SEA

23. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions at ARI

24. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers vs. IND

25. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants at DAL

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26. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs at JAX

27. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts at LAC

28. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans at CLE

29. Robby Anderson, New York Jets vs. BUF

30. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns vs. TEN

31. Josh Gordon, New England Patriots vs. PIT

32. Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers at TB

33. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos at OAK

34. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals vs. DET

35. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions at ARI

36. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles vs. WAS

37. Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals vs. DET

38. John Brown, Buffalo Bills vs. NYJ

39. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos at OAK

40. Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. KC

41. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers vs. LAR

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42. James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers at NE

43. Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders vs. DEN

44. Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers at TB

45. Jamison Crowder, New York Jets vs. BUF

46. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys vs. NYG

47. Miles Boykin, Baltimore Ravens at MIA

48. Damion Willis, Cincinnati Bengals at SEA

49. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins vs. BAL

50. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons at MIN

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